Where else in Europe can one find a blend of great art, delicious food and wine, and human warmth. The whole of Italy is one vast attraction, but the triangle of its most-visited cities like Rome, Florence, and Venice represents the great variety found here. Not that the lavish countryside should not be savored as well, but each of these cities reveals a different aspect of the Italian character, the Baroque exuberance of Rome and Florence's Renaissance harmony. Winter weather in Italy ranges from relatively mild along the coasts of Sardinia, Sicily, and the southern mainland to very cold and snowy inland, especially in the northern mountains. Winter is a good time for cultural events and performances in Italy's elegant historic theaters. Italy has many places for winter sports and skiing, including the Piedmont venues used in the 2006 Winter Olympics, the Alps and Dolomites, and Mt. Etna in Sicily.